First Regional Training Course on Culture-based Fisheries: Register now!

Communal harvesting of a culture-based fishery, Lao PDR.
Communal harvesting of a culture-based fishery, Lao PDR.

Culture-based fisheries for food security

There are many initiatives underway which are designed to increase food supply, employment and income opportunities in developing countries, most of which require considerable capital inputs. Often overlooked, are the opportunities to produce more food from the natural productivity of local ecosystems. Culture-based fisheries are one example of a relatively simple and low cost technology which can deliver nutritional and economic benefits to rural communities, which often have few livelihood options.

The course

The first Regional Training Course on Culture-based Fisheries will be held from 29 October to 9 November 2017 in Nha Trang, Vietnam. It will be held on the campus of Nha Trang University. The course is aimed at development professionals and extension officers working in fisheries and aquaculture or with agricultural communities. 

Programme at a glance

The training will consist of lectures, classroom exercises and simulations, covering:

  • Current practices and relevance of culture-based fisheries.
  • Evaluation of water bodies for culture-based fisheries.
  • Establishing a management system.
  • Risk and risk management.
  • Stocking practices and stock assessment.
  • Harvesting and marketing strategies.

Learn from the experts

The course will be taught by world experts in the field, including:

  • Prof. Sena De Silva, Deakin University, Australia.
  • Prof. Upali Amarasinghe, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Prof. Liu Jiashou, University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
  • Dr Tumi Tómasson, United Nations University.
  • Dr Guðmundur Þórðarson, Marine and Freshwater Institute, Iceland.
  • Dr Yuan Derun, NACA.
  • Prof. Pham Quoc Hung, Nha Trang University, Vietnam.


NACA wishes to acknowledge the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme, which has provided financial and technical support to the development and convening of this course. The course is organised in partnership between UNU-FTP, NACA and Nha Trang University.


The registration fee for the course is US$1,000. The fee includes tuition, materials, working lunches and breaks. Registration closes on 30 September. For more information please download the indicative programme and registration form below. Contact yuan 'at' for all enquiries.

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